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DelVal receives $35,000 grant


Delaware Valley University (DelVal) received a $35,000 Connections Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Dr. Brian Lutz, DelVal English department chair, and Dr. Jessica McCall, associate English professor, with support from Reg Hoyt, animal biotechnology and conservation department co-chair, were the leaders in obtaining this grant.

The project aims at elevating the role of the humanities, particularly English and rhetorical studies, within the One Health initiative. One Health is a multi-disciplinary approach that works on all levels from local to global to attain optimal well-being for people and society, the environment, plants and animals. The grant intends to broadly and intentionally infuse the humanities into the initiative by creating a new minor titled One Health Communications, which hopes to bridge the study of writing and rhetoric with pre-veterinary, pre-health, and science programs; provide professional development workshops for DelVal faculty focused on integrating lessons from the field of Rhetoric into science programs; and bring speakers to campus for the university’s One Health series and Business and Humanities Colloquia. These speakers can discuss how important an understanding of rhetoric and communication is to the sciences.

DelVal’s One Health seminars are free to attend, open to the public, and often virtual. Topics of previous seminars included “Introduction to Organic, Ecological and Sustainable Land Care,” “Thicker than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastics Crisis,” and more.